During times like this when our world may seem like it has turned upside down, we can become overwhelmed. We may have any number of a variety of stressors, fears, and the avoidance of dealing with the unknown future.

Does any of this look familiar?

  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
  • Too much energy and no way to use it.
  • A strong sense of no ability to control anything.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Feelings of worthlessness because you’re out of work.
  • Feeling “stir crazy” for sheltering in place for an extended period.
  • Change in your faith practices or perception of faith-based leaders.
  • Anger towards God.
  • Anger in general or having a short temper.
  • General irritability.
  • Change in use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
  • Obsessions like watching news all day, chronic hand-washing, or social media information overload which is fraught with false information.
  • Loneliness. Even with others around.

These signals are often present during times of distress. Experiencing any of these at a time like this is OK. For now.

* If you are unusually worried, have any troubling or concerning physical or behavioral signs, or are thinking about killing or hurting yourself or anyone else, dial 911 immediately. *

There is help. There is hope. *

Click here to visit our COVID-19 Resources page for the excellent resources we have chosen specifically for you at such a time as this.

Responding to Community Tragedies

Behavioral Health Resources To Foster Resilience


The emotional toll from the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida and other areas, continues to resonate both locally and nationwide. Following a tragedy of this magnitude, mental health support can make a substantial difference in beginning to heal a traumatized community. SAMHSA has tools and resources to support survivors, community members, responders, and behavioral health providers to foster recovery and resilience.  Resources for Survivors, Community Members, Responders and Behavioral Health Providers can be found at our ATSS Resources link.

About ATSS

Traumatic events such as natural disasters, war, terrorism, territorial conflict, violent victimization and sudden unnatural loss have affected individuals in all communities globally. The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) is an international organization dedicated to excellence in services and support to individuals impacted by these and other events.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) is to organize, educate and professionally certify its worldwide membership in order to assist those affected by trauma. ATSS provides and promotes opportunities for training and education in the field of traumatic stress, and professionally recognizes evidence of service, education and experience by those individuals engaged in trauma treatment, services and response.

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Management & Contact Info.

Jayne Crisp, CTS, Administrator
5000 Old Buncombe Road, Suite 27-11
Greenville, South Carolina 29617 USA
P: 864-294-4337
M: 864-420-2379


Members become part of an established group of some of the most internationally recognized experts in the field of trauma.

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Certifications entitle members to be recognized as having met a rigorous standard of training, education, knowledge and experiential requirements in trauma services, trauma response or trauma treatment

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* Promote Your Training!

Learn how ATSS can promote your training and provide it with recognition toward certification!

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Support and resources available!

For victims, survivors and caregivers of Charleston, SC, Lafayette, LA and other traumatic events, resources can be found on our Resources link and at: http://ovc.gov/news/lafayette.html

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